Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.

The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Celebration of Juneteenth has grown into an annual observance in many African-American communities. The day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom, history, heritage and culture.

Wichita

Sat. Jun. 17 Historic Dunbar Theater Juneteenth Celebration.

12-7 p.m. McAdams Park Stage area, 1329 E. 13th. Enjoy local bands and singers. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Free- Donations accepted.

Sat. Jun. 17 H.O.P.E. Inc. Health Screening

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1625 N. Madison. Entertainment will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Sun. Jun. 18. H.O.P.E. Inc. Gospel Under the Stars

 6 p.m. at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 1625 N. Madison. Dancers, mimes, choirs, vocalist, groups and quartets. Food vendors, $10 raffle tickets to win a car or truck from Rusty Eck.

All Wichita events below require a Juneteenth arm band priced at $5 and can be purchased at all programs.

Mon. Jun. 19 Economics & Education Forum, 6 p.m. 

Urban Prep Academy , 2821 E. 24th. A night of conversation regarding the Black economy, entrepreneurship and education with keynote presentation by Dell Gines of the Omaha Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Local Bishop and Entrepreneur Wade Moore of Christian Faith Center will lead the discussion regarding public school education and school choice.

Dr. Marche Fleming- Randle will discuss public education and moderate the evening of conversation.

Wed. Jun. 21 Re-Defining Blackness Presents” Breaking News,” 6 – 8 p.m.

CAC Theater, WSU 1845 N. Fairmount. An original play by Re-Defining Blackness, a local play writing team. These young people will re-introduce you to the forgotten history of the African-American culture all the while highlighting the greatness, strength, love, compassion, and endurance of the African-American community. Tickets are $5 or purchase a Juneteenth bracelet.

Thur. Jun 22 Family Fun at Fairmount, 6 – 8 p.m.

1647 N Yale Blvd. Enjoy an evening at Fairmount Park. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic food. Celebrate in the park. Have a family friendly evening.  Attendees will be hearing from up and coming youth entrepreneurs from Camp Destination as they pitch their business plans.

Fri. Jun 23 Candid Conversations “Dawn of Day Underground Railroad in Kansas, 8:30 p.m.

Wichita State University- Duerksen Fine Arts Center.

This documentary covers the Underground Railroad in Kansas. Rusty Earl, filmmaker from Manhattan, will discuss the making of the film. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for this inspiring film. Filmmaker chat begins at 8:30; film starts at 9.

Sat. Jun 24 Juneteenth Parade, 11:30 a.m.

Check-in at 10 a.m., line-up at 11 a.m. at Wichita State University’s parking lot #1 on Hillside (across from Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House). The parade will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and will proceed down 17th Street to the final destination at McAdams Park, where Juneteenth festivities will begin at noon. Entry fee is $5 per person.

To walk in the parade please sign up at wichita.edu/juneteenth.

Junction City

Sat. Jun 10 All That Jazz, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Heritage Park

– 6th & Washington This community celebration is full of family fun that will include live entertainment, Gospel music, vendors, crafters, inflatable amusements for the kids, games, educational displays, food & beverages and so much more. Keynote Speaker is Dr. Wayne Goins.

Goins has performed with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, organist Jimmy McGriff, tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter Mike Metheny, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton. For more information Contact Mr. Brooks at (785) 717-8302 or email wbrooks@dfckc.com

Manhattan

Sat. Jun 17, 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration. 11 a.m.

City Park, Poyntz Avenue and 11th Street . Enjoy a lot of activities and events which will appeal to families, people of all ages and walks of life.

Celebration will feature the 2nd annual Juneteenth Community Unity Walk. Events include grilling contest (tasters kits $5), Kids’ bike rodeo & race, car wash contest (featuring members of the K-State Women’s & Men’s basketball team, talent show, comedian, steppin’,

Main Stage 7 – 9 p.m., Featured Entertainment Ms. Betty O. For additional information: 785-473-6844

Salina

Fri. Jun 16 10th Dunbar School Reunion. Reunion theme: “ Dunbar Voices—Past and Present: Lest We Forget”

– all day and 7 p.m. Memorial Service held at the Holiday Inn, 3145 S 9th. $75 for reunion (includes luncheon and banquet)

Sat. Jun 17, Dunbar School Reunion Continues. 10 a.m.

Tour of Dunbar School; 12:30 p.m., Luncheon and Panel Discussion; 1 p.m., Youth activities, 6 p.m., Banquet, Dunbar School/Robert C. Caldwell Memorial Scholarship Awards at the Holiday Inn, 3145 S 9th. Teree Caldwell-Johnson is banquet keynote speaker. $35 for banquet dinner only

Sat. Jun 17, Juneteenth Gospel Musical featuring Thomas Pierce. 

2 -4 p.m. Hosted by: New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 321 N 8th St. Mr. Pierce, a Salina native, currently serves as the State organist for the California Metropolitan Jurisdiction #1. Thomas Pierce has played for Andre Crouch, James Cleveland and Shirley Ceaser.

Sat. Jun 17 11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Homecoming Dance

 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., 129 N. 7th St. Cost: $30/couple, $35 after June 9; $20/single – $25 after June 9.

Kansas City

Sat. Jun 10 Juneteenth Activities at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, 45th & Oak Admission: FREE

Sat. Jun 10 JuneteenthKC Kick-Off Parade.

11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.,18th & Vine Historic District. Admission: FREE

Fri. Jun 16 OCP 2017 Juneteenth Celebration

“Giving back” at Big Eleven Lake 10th and State Avenue, Kansas City, KS.

Prayer Vigil: Fri., Jun 16 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm Speakers: Ms. Melanie King and First Lady Trina Crawford

Celebration: Sat., June 17 9:00 am-3:00 pm. 

Free Haircuts, Vendors welcome, Free 30 lbs food per family.

Contact: Victor Harris (913)548-8479 or victor.harris56@yahoo.com

Sat. Jun 17 Bonner Springs NAACP Juneteenth Celebration

Noon-3 pm at Lions Park Gazebo. Join for a community celebration with culture, food, and world music. Bring your lawn chars, and stay for a scholarship presentation, and a walking challenge.

Sat. Jun 17 Charles Jude Commemorative Blood Drive with the American Red Cross & Omega Psi Phi., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 1 American Jazz Museum Atrium, 18th & Vine .

Sat. Jun 17 Juneteenthkc 2017, 12 p.m.

1601 E. 18th Street. Juneteenthkc is returning to the 18th & Vine historic district as KC’S largest African-American community heritage celebration.

Will include cultural events/ activities and a variety of retail, food, non-profit/public service, and youth oriented vendors in addition to the MetroPCS Main Stage featuring KC’s best live entertainment.

JuneteenthKC Community Theater. Noon-5 p.m., American Jazz Museum.

JuneteenthKC Community Showcase, Noon -5:30 p.m., Gem Theater.

Community Programming

The Big Step Off 6 – 9 p.m., GEM Theater.

JuneteenthKC Kid Zone– Open Noon-5:00 p.m.

Topeka

Sat. Jun 17 Family & Friends Juneteenth Celebration, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hillcrest Community Center, 1800 SE 21st St. Activities include Topeka High School Steppers, Comedian Ed Davis, Music by Unified, Special needs scholarship and student essay awards, Topeka Community Mass Choir.

Nicodemus

139th Homecoming Emancipation Celebration

All events take place at the Nicodemus Historical Society Site

Thur. Jul 27 7:00 p.m. Meet and Greet

Fri. – Jul 28 All day – Hospitality Tent, Food and Other Vendors

3:00pm Live Family Tree – Sponsored by Norma Jean Switzer

9:00pm – 1:30am Dance DJ

Sat, Jul 29, Free medical screening 

Sunrise Women’s Gathering, all day Baseball Tournament , Breakfast Tent (Donations accepted), Historic Site 5K Run.

11:00 am Parade

2:00 pm Fashion/Talent Show and

5:00 pm Watermelon Feed, Township Hall

7:00 pm Gospel Extravaganza – Church

9:00 pm – 1:30 am Dance DJ

Sun, Jul. 30 10:30 am First Missionary Baptist Church Services

1:00 pm Community Dinner – TWP Hall

Donations Accepted

Hutchinson

128th Emancipation Day Celebration Thur. Aug. 3

Showing, “Loving” the movie, 6:30 p.m. , Stringer Fine Art Center, Recital Hall, Hutchinson Community College. This event is free to the public and sponsored by Elliott Mortuary Inc.

Fri. Aug. 4, Free Jazz concert , 8 p.m., Avenue A Park. Concert features Gerald Dunn and group from the Blue Room in Kansas City. Free refreshments will be served. Free

Sat., Aug. 5 Annual Emancipation Day Parade, 10 a.m.

The route will begin at B and Main, going north to 12th and Main.

Noon, free picnic will be held in the air conditioned Gallery Theater at Stringer Fine Arts Center, 600 East 11th on the Hutchinson Community College Campus. 9 p.m. Old School Jam (dance) will be held at the Encampment Building on the Kansas State Fair Grounds. Cost $12 per person or $20 per couple 

Sun, Aug. 6 Free Gospel Concert and Ice Cream Social , 3 p.m.

at Recital Hall, Stringer Fine Arts Center.

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